Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two of the greatest philosophers — Aristotle and Dante have nothing to do with the story. This story revolves around a Mexican-American teen Aristotle Mendoza and his friend Dante Quintana. Aristotle (Ari) is a boy who struggles to accept many things in his life. As a teenager, he faces monotonous days where nothing much happens and he contemplates how he feels undeserving of all the good things that life has provided him with. One can say, Ari, suffers heavily from low self-esteem and prefers to stay in shadows rather than face the spotlight under any circumstances.

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Graduates in Wonderland

Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale 
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Do you have a soul sister to whom you confide all your experiences including asking silly questions and getting back even sillier answers? Graduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale is written in a contemporary epistolary form; exchange of emails in between these two authors give you an insight about their lives in new places and adventures that they come across.

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